Hayat-i Ebediye 10:07pm, 4 May 2009
Evey time i took pictures like this , kids , children or moving object i cant get clear pictures. I use ( A) used ( M) , whats settings ssupposed to be?
i also tryed (S) (P) and running guy icon..

I need help !!!

set a high ISO .. as high as you can ... use you "A" setting and set the shutter as wide as you can .. try to plan ahead so if the kids ae running you can have the camera ready at the right spot ..

if that will not work .. glue or nail them down to the floor...
Hayat-i Ebediye 7 years ago
thanks alot,
very funny :) i wish i can glue them :) i will try your suggestion.
whatadqr Posted 7 years ago. Edited by whatadqr (member) 7 years ago
You need a fast shutter speed for moving subjects, like 1/250th of a second or faster, period.

The simplest way to set and keep it on a very fast shutter speed is to set the camera on S (shutter) priority and lock the shutter speed where you want it. The camera will still need to get enough light onto the sensor for a proper exposure, so it will have to try and compensate by opening up the aperture and raising the ISO.

In low light, it's often just not possible and you have to use a flash or other strong light source. Raising the ISO causes noise and grain, and the basic kit type lenses don't nearly have a large enough aperture. That is why everyone flocks to a fast lens like the 50mm f/1.8D or even an f/1.4 lens, so they can open the lens up enough to get lots of light in so that the shutter speed can remain high.

I suggest doing your homework on the Exposure Triangle, to understand how Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO all work together.

MrDAT 7 years ago
Do you have an example of one of your "blurry" photos?

Are you use it's blurry not out of focus?
Hayat-i Ebediye 7 years ago
Yes i just create a file for it.. you can check it out here..
whatadqr Posted 7 years ago. Edited by whatadqr (member) 7 years ago
Yep, too slow of a shutter speed in low light...

Cameras aren't as sensitive as the human eye, so for moving subjects you need a much faster shutter speed. To maintain exposure, you then have to have either more light, or a very fast lens.

1/60th of a second is minimum hand holding speed (to avoid camera shake) for the steadiest of people, and you were shooting at 1/5th. WAY too slow for anything moving.


On this one:

You already have a 50mm f/1.8, but the depth of field is ULTRA shallow and the focus point is past the face. You shot it at 1/30th of a second which is also too slow, but kept the ISO down at 200. If you had bumped the ISO up to 800, you would have gained two more stops and been able to shoot at 1/120th of a second, much more reasonable for moving kids.

On this one:

You are shooting at 1/5th of a second, f/5.6 at ISO 100, which is just crazy talking for low light shooting. No way. You have to open the aperture more, and up the ISO to pick up more shutter speed; about 4 to 5 stops faster to up the shutter, and it's still a stop or two under exposed.

chris of kiwi land 7 years ago
You've got a lens that will do f/1.8 and you're shooting at f/5.6 and ISO 100 and it's blurry??? There's your problem right there!

Suggestion: Use a higher ISO like 800 and widest aperture (1.8) in A (Aperture Priority) mode and then let us know if you're still blurry
photopath PRO 7 years ago
The D80 does Auto-ISO (if I remember correctly..) try setting a minimum shutter speed of around 1/125 and a maximum ISO of 800 in the menu with auto-ISO enabled and see how you get on.
mannikon 7 years ago
~ yes, it does have Auto ISO and the D80 will produce fine images up to ISO 800

(aside ~ what a friendly group ~ in many Flickr groups questions on basic settings would just be ridiculed!)
Hayat-i Ebediye Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Hayat-i Ebediye (member) 7 years ago
Yes i agreed about this group, very helpfull, kind And nice people.. Thank you all.. I will try all your suggestion ASAP when i have sunny day. Its been raining here in CT..
kevinzinho 7 years ago
I have on thing to caution you about. Everyone is suggesting using a really wide aperture to be able to take a photo with a much faster shutter speed. This is very good advice, but I will caution you that a wide open aperture will give you a very shallow depth of field. So, since your subjects are moving, they may move out of that narrow focus zone very quickly. Try also to put your auto focus on continuous mode rather than the default single. This means that as you follow your moving subject, the auto focus will continually readjust. I hope your 50mm lens has auto focus.
Robert Correll 7 years ago
My suggestion is to go into shutter priority mode, set your speed anywhere from 1/250 to 1/500 second, and then let the camera figure out the aperture and if necessary, ISO to achieve the proper exposure.

You have to prioritize. If your photos are blurry, doesn't matter what the aperture is or whether you open it up for low light shooting. Speed is what you need.
realblades Posted 7 years ago. Edited by realblades (member) 7 years ago
I'd say meter beforehand (just point the camera and see which numbers come up, then take a test shot and adjust) and use manual exposure. Two variables less.

Go for high shutter speed and adequate DoF. Pre-focus to the floor/ground where your subject will be or hyperfocal if appropriate. One very tricky variable out the window again.

Then all you need is to do the framing and timing and hold the camera steady. Wait for the moment with everything set up already and fire. No surprises, all photos in the set will also match eachother.

How can you get smaller aperture, lower noise, faster shutter speed? Make sure there's enough light! :)
cheguthamrin 7 years ago
thats my boy jumping on the sofa, captured using 50mm @ 1.8
May there be enough light!
rjgarduque 5 years ago
usually they would simply use flash as to freeze blurs... but for low light follow suggestions given, like higher shutter speed & ISO but wide aperture.. problem solved...
One of the best bits of advice, which has been touched on above, is to work out what is the minimum shutter speed you can hand hold your camera before seeing camera shake, for me it's about 1/40th of a second at 50mm. If you use longer focal lengths say 100mm you will have to have a faster shutter speed.

Even if you can hand hold your camera at 1/40th second without camera shake it won't help if your subject is moving.
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